Flood Concerns For South Continue
A surge of moisture transported by the subtropical jet stream has kept much of Texas soggy for Wednesday, with stronger storms embedded within some of the storms in far southern Texas. A brief tornado touchdown was reported near the airport in Victoria, Texas, and numerous tornado warnings were issued across south Texas on Wednesday.
But the biggest problem across the south has been the rain. Some areas of the Lone Star State received nearly a foot of rain in a few hours, including the Houston suburb of Clear Lake, which saw 11 inches of rain in just three hours. Many of these same areas have been socked by heavy rainfall for most of the spring, with many areas at or near double their average rainfall since March 1st.
Del Rio, Texas saw 1.43 inches of rain in just one hour on Wednesday morning – more than half of the city’s average May rainfall. Needless to say, the ground across almost every part of Texas is water-logged, and additional rainfall could cause additional flood concerns. Over the weekend, flash flooding killed a man in Corsicana, Texas, and numerous water rescues took place in the Denton, Texas area following sustained downpours from a line of severe storms.
Severe weather looks to become more of an issue on Friday and Saturday, but stronger storms can’t be ruled out with Thursday’s rainfall, especially in the Texas panhandle. In the meantime, all eyes will be on the rain, which could drop several more inches of rain over a wide area before drier conditions return later this weekend.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi